July 7, 2005


dead starling
Originally uploaded by paul van eik.
"Sadness" is a "hot tag" on Flickr today, along with tags like "londonbombblast," "bombings," "aftermath," and "terrorism." But not every photo tagged "sadness" depicts the London bombings. This picture simply shows a little boy (in the Netherlands) who is sad that the starling he tried to save has died. The boy's pure outrage at death touched me.


Link said...

Flickr is having a massage.

I wish I was having a massage.

henny said...

what a poignant photograph.

amba said...

This picture reminds me of a wonderful "Calvin and Hobbes" strip in which Calvin and his father find an injured baby raccoon in the woods, put it in a box and try to nurture it back to health. But it dies. Calvin cries full out, exactly like the little boy in this photo. In the last panel he is seen from the back, going over a hill with his toy tiger/imaginary friend Hobbes, and saying, "What a stupid world." I've long wanted that on a T-shirt.

Oh, someone's posted it! Here it is, the whole story:

Part I

Part II

Part III

CraigC said...

That reminds me of my first real experience with death. I won't go into the whole story, but this dog wandered into my neighborhood, and the kids were all fighting over him. He got hit by a car, and my mom was willing to pay the vet bill, so he became mine. I slept with him on a blanket in the garage every night that summer while his leg healed. After that, we were inseparable. He would jump on another kid if he even thought I was being threatened.

One day, I noticed that he was listless, and we took him to the vet. Turned out he had distemper, and we had to leave him there. I've never forgotten the helpless feeling I got when I learned that this was permanent, and he wouldn't be coming back.

gs said...

The entire set was worth viewing.

Chuck said...

A Sunday School teacher began her lesson with a question. "Boys and girls, what do we know about God?"

A hand shot up in the air. "He is an artist!" said the kindergarten boy.

"Really?! How do you know?" the teacher asked.

"You know - 'Our Father, who does art in Heaven. . ."